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7 Best Safe RC Boats for kids in 2019 (Infographic comparison)

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Editor choice 1 DJI Mavic Mini ULTIMATE Review (with comparison table)
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DJI Mavic Mini

Is the Mavic Mini The perfect travel drone? The DJI Mavic Mini might just solve the problem we all had. That is, not having a proper travel drone that's under 250g and records well enough.  Problem.Solved. DJI has just released a drone under ...
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DJI Mavic Mini - the perfect travel drone under 250grams!
The Mavic Mini is the most recent release from DJI and the perfect travel drone by far! Coming with a measly 249g weight it can be flown without a permit and the 30 min batery life is absolutely incredible. Having a 3 axis gimbal is also one of the best things that could have happened. And it's not even limited to 1080p, but 2.7k... what more could you want?
Price
9
Camera quality
9.5
Flight Stability in Wind
8.5
Flight features
9
PROS:
  • 30min battery life
  • under 250 grams
  • smaller than a phone
  • 3 axis gimbal
  • 4km range
  • can edit videos in the app
  • multi charger for multiple batteries
CONS:
  • no settings for iso and shutter speed
  • no obstacle sensors
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JJRC X12 Aurora

USD 249.99 Free Shipping, Wholesale Price, JJRC X12 AURORA 5G WIFI 1.2km FPV GPS Foldable RC Drone With 1080P 3Axis Gimbal Ultrasonic Optical Flow Positioning RTF - White Two Batteries With Bag
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JJRC Aurora X11 - The 3 axis gimbal drone we've been waiting for!
Finally a cheap 3 axis stabilized GPS drone that doesn't come with a fisheye lens and actually has usable footage. The range is absolutely amazing, reaching more than 1km, which is more than enough for most people.
Camera quality
8.5
Gimbal stability
8.5
Build quality
9
Features
9
PROS:
  • 3 axis stabilized footage
  • the camera isn't fisheye(yes!)
  • foldable design
  • long range (1.2km)
  • great battery life
  • comes with case
CONS:
  • photos are basically screenshots
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JJRC X11

What you'll learn in this review As promised, in this article you'll get to see more than a simple review of the JJRC X111.It's going to be compared with some of the best alternatives in this price range, i'm going to go over many of the ...
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JJRC X11 - a foldable drone with gps and a lot of features
Although it's not coming with a gimbal stabilized camera, this drone doesn't lack anything else for the price. It comes with a foldable design, all the usual GPS flight modes and even brushless motors.
Flight stability
9.5
camera
8
Features
8
PROS:
  • optical flow+ ultrasonic sensors
  • adjustable camera angle
  • 2k camera
  • great mavic-like controller
  • bright lights underneath for helping with landing
  • brushless motors
  • great charger for 2 batteries at a time
  • flight modes
CONS:
  • no image stabilization

TOP 7 best RC Boats for kids in 2019(and what to avoid)

Picking an RC boat for a kid is no easy task, as you have to take into account things like:

  • safety
  • durability
  • not being boring
This article is going to make it easy for you to pick the perfect one in less than 10 minutes.

Here’s the catch though:

You need to take note of your budget and check the price you’re willing to pay first.

Done?

Let’s get started!

What to look for in an RC Toy Drone?

Propeller protection for kids

There are certain RC boats that have a  system to protect you and your kids from starting up the propeller on the ground.

It’s made in such a way to only complete the circuit for power only when the boat is in water.

Flipping mechanism

Some boats have a flipping mechanism so they’re self-righting in case you flip them in the water.

Range

The boats on this list work with 2.4ghz transmitters and usually have a range over 100m and up to 300m, which is usually enough.

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MY TOP RC toy boats (comparison Table)

This is my top list with the 7 rc boats for kids carefully selected… don’t necesarily judge them by the place they’re on, as there’s really not much difference in quality  or fun you can have with them.

If you’re a parent, you might want to learn a bit about rc boats yourself before ordering one.

Choose what looks best to you and the ones that come with the features you’re most looking for.

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Best overall RC Boat(Altair AA Aqua)

Battery 

15min

Recommended age

years old+

Self-righting

yes

Speed

30km/h (20mph)

The Altair AA aqua boat is probably my favorite recommendation both for children and adults, as it features a really high quality build along with a child safe propeller system that will block the motor from running if it’s not in water.
 
It also has the option to flip itself back in place if it tips over, but that’s not something that really happens as the build and gravity center makes it very stable.
 
The flipping, self-righting system is called anti-capsize and is a huge help.
 
The transmitter is really well built and easy to use and the overal attention to detail is something that definitely justifies the price.

Reasons you should buy it

  • If you don't want to be scared it flips over
  • If you want to be notified before losing signal
  • Great both for kids and adults
  • Comes with 2 batteries
  • Great english customer support

Reasons you shouldn't

  • If you have a really small pool ( it's quite fast and I would recommend an open body of water)
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Best Fishing RC Boat(Radio Ranger 2)

Battery 

20min

Recommended age

years old+

Self-righting

no

Speed

20km/h (12mph)

The Radio Ranger 2 is a fishing RC boat that actually works thanks to it’s considerable size and power. 

I would recommend this boat for 8 year old kids or older, as fishing can be quite challenging.

This might just be the most fun family activity a dad and mom could do with their kid to develop a deep sense of satisfaction and working towards a goal.

Imagine working together with your child and teaching him to put bait and carefully drive the boat around the water until the fish bites.

Then, battling with the fish and take it back to you victoriously. It’s an experience that teach children to work toward a goal and make it fun in the meantime.

Reasons you should buy it

  • sturdy design
  • Having a great experience fishing with your kids
  • Teaching your kid patience and reward of their own work.
  • Variable Speeds for different sized water

Reasons you shouldn't

  • pretty long charging time (4h)
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BEST RC BOAT FOR POOLS (UDI VENOM)

Battery 

15min

Recom Age

5 years old+

Self-righting

yes

Speed

25km/h (15mph)

The UDI001 venom  remote control boat is quite popular with people interested to have fun with a very controllable and easy to use boat.
 
Unlike many other RC boats, this one has two stabilizing fins on the stern which make it run very smooth and stable when doing turns.
 
It’s a blast to pilot it at max speed and race with friends and at the same time you can lower the speed and let your kids play in the pool with it.

Reasons you should buy it

  • anti tilt hull (if you don't want it to flip when taking turns)
  • water cooling intake for the motor
  • the transmitter feels great
  • quite fast
  • small enough to use in a pool

Reasons you shouldn't

  • battery life not so long
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most fun rc boat (military battleship)

Battery 

25min

Recommended age

4 years old +

Self-righting

no

Speed

8km/h 

These two boats offer a completely different experience for kids than the other ones on this list.
 
They may not be the fastest, but the feeling of controlling a battleship destroyer  with cannons that can be moved is quite entertaining for many kids (age  4 and up) and even adults.
 
Nothing on it really fires so it’s as safe as it comes.
 
The destroyer version also has helicopters and airplanes on board that can be removed that kids love to play with.

Reasons you should buy it

  • great for pools
  • turrets can be rotated and cannons reoriented(manually)
  • two versions you can choose from

Reasons you shouldn't

  • moves pretty slowly
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Fastest RC toy boat(shark design)

Battery 

15min

Recommended age

12 years old+

Self-righting

yes

Speed

40km/h (25mph)

There are many good things you can say about this boat from FunTech, especially when it comes to speed and design.
 
From the 1750KV motor to the 4 cm metal propeller with a cable drive system that makes it super powerful.
 
How powerful? I’m talking 40km/h speed that’s nothing to be joked with. 
 
The design is quite unique, featuring a shark face, but keep in mind, this is no toy for small children.
I would only recommend it for kids over 12 years old at least

Reasons you should buy it

  • self-righting hull design
  • water cooling system for the motor
  • very maneuvrable
  • option to control multiple boats at the same time with your friends on different frequencies

Reasons you shouldn't

  • if you're looking for a slow boat
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Frequently asked questions (rc boats guide)

Are RC Boats safe for children?

There are a few ways rc boats could be a threat to a kid:

1.The propeller started spinning in the air and hurt him. 

This isn’t possible with the boats on this list as they have a safety mechanism that closes the circuit for the motor only when they’re in the water. THis means the blades will never start spinning on the ground.

2. Kids could hit themselves while in the water

If you make sure nobody is in the water while the kids are playing, everything should be good. The speed of some of these boats could make for a slight bruise, but nothing more, as they’re very light and quite small.

At what age can kids play with them rc boats?

Since there are plenty of toy level boats, kids as young as 3 years old can start playing with them in the pool. 

I would personally recommend them for children older than 5, but the good thing is that there is no upper limit.

What is the range for RC toy boats?

The average range of a transmitter, just like the ones on toy drones, is about  100m, with some going up to 300m.

You can usually find the distance they can go in the specifications of the product on the amazon page.

How long do batteries last?

Here’s why it depends:

You could ram it in full power at 15mph  and the battery would get depleated in less than 10 min.

But in normal use circumstances, the standard battery life for racing toy boats is about 20 minutes.

Can batteries be changed during play?

Sure thing, you can remove the boat from the water and carefully change the low lipo battery with another one.

How long does charging one battery take?

Depending on the size of the battery, there’s an average of an hour upwards to 2 hours in total.

How are batteries recharged?

All the  boats on this list come with their included battery charger.

Lipo batteries like the ones used in the rc boats usually are charged either by plugging them to a balance charger and into the wall socket or directly to a USB port (for smaller ones).

How do you get back an RC boat that's out of range?

Afraid you’ll race it over the maximum range and lose it to the waves?

I feel you here.

However, there are ways to make sure that doesn’t happen.

1. Play with the boat on an enclosed small water mass

2. Have a secondary longer range RC boat to save the first (this is lots of fun)

3. Tie it with a rope

4. Put an aluminum foil behind the controller to slightly improve signal and hopefully get it back

5.Make sure to keep it closer to a mass of land so you can wal up closer to it.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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